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Humanist Archives: Feb. 8, 2019, 6:14 a.m. Humanist 32.432 - pubs: a history of computing in the U.S.

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 432.
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        Date: 2019-02-07 21:44:02+00:00
        From: Willard McCarty 
        Subject: a new book on the early-ish history of computing in the U.S.

Joy Lisi Rankin,
A People's History of Computing in the United States
(Harvard University Press, 2018)

Introduction: People Computing (Not the Silicon Valley Mythology) 1
1 When Students Taught the Computer 12
2 Making a Macho Computing Culture 38
3 Back to BASICs 66
4 The Promise of Computing Utilities and the Proliferation of Networks 106
5 How The Oregon Trail Began in Minnesota 139
6 PLATO Builds a Plasma Screen 166
7 PLATO’s Republic (or, the Other ARPANET) 193
Epilogue: From Personal Computing to Personal Computers 228
Notes 245
Bibliography 295
Acknowledgments 311
Index 315

This book begins its historical account ca. 1968. A number of us here
were alive then, some active in computing. The value of this book 
to those interested in the early history of computing in the humanities 
will, I suspect, be to show us a rather different subculture from the one 
that became digital humanities. Roberto Busa, for example, is not 
mentioned nor is Joe Raben; there's no mention of any Listserv or other 
means of scholars communicating with each other.

Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/),
Professor emeritus, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London;
Adjunct Professor, Western Sydney University; Editor, Interdisciplinary
Science Reviews (www.tandfonline.com/loi/yisr20) and Humanist

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